Tottenham star makes bold Mourinho claim; acknowledges Pochettino

Date published: Tuesday 7th April 2020 2:00

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Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko revealed his side’s admiration for all that Mauricio Pochettino did for the club, but believes Jose Mourinho has been a change for the positive.

Spurs supremo Daniel Levy made the controversial decision to axe Argentine Pochettino earlier this season after more than five years with the club.

Tottenham solidified their position as a top four club and even reached the final of the 2019 Champions League final with the ex-Saints boss, yet could not end their trophy drought during his spell.

Portuguese firebrand Mourinho was brought in to tip Tottenham over the edge, but hampered by injuries to key attacking personnel Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, the team struggled to make an impression thus far.

Despite the early hiccups, France midfielder Sissoko believes the change was a positive move for the club, and threw his weight firmly behind the serial trophy winner by declaring him the “future” of the club.

Speaking in an interview with French publication Europe 1 (via SportWitness) the 30-year-old said: “We’re happy with Mourinho. He brought a new freshness.

“We aren’t going to spit on what Pochettino did, he brought the club to a new level, but now our future is José Mourinho.

“We have objectives, fourth place is still doable. We’re going to do everything.”

Sissoko had not played for the club since undergoing knee surgery for a medial collateral ligament injury suffered in December, though had returned to training prior to football’s hiatus.


His absence was just one in a long line of disruptions that hampered Mourinho’s maiden season at the helm.

However, should the season resume after the coronavirus pandemic subsides, Sissoko is confident Tottenham will be able to turn things around.

“At one point, we had a lot of games, injuries, important players missing,” added Sissoko.

“The team was put in difficulty, we had bad results, we’re aware of that.

“If we have the chance to start the league again, everyone will be fit. We’ll be at full strength.”

Meanwhile, Tottenham have confirmed that superstar forward Son Heung-min will begin a four-week spell of military service in his native South Korea.


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